- when are you leaving?
- do you have a place to live yet?
- are you feeling excited?
If you know anyone in this situation, or anyone who's returned from the mission field, or anyone on the mission field, or anyone who's actually pregnant, or who's just had a baby, or is about to start a new job, or is unemployed, someone who's been working the same job forever or who just moved...well, actually, if you are involved in community with anyone, in any way, then I challenge you to avoid asking the obvious questions and consider pulling one of these 20 questions out of your pocket the next time you connect.
The challenge, of course, is not just asking the question but also being prepared to respond generously to what you hear.
- How is your marriage?
- How have you been encouraged lately?
- What are you reading?
- What do you find yourself worrying about?
- What has God been teaching you recently?
- What are you most looking forward to?
- How are you balancing your time right now?
- What's bringing you joy?
- How can I pray for you?
- What does rest look like for you?
- How have you changed in the last year or two?
- How do you feel about that change?
- What do you sense God wants to work in you in this next season?
- Who have you been sharing the gospel with lately?
- In what areas are you feeling discouraged or challenged?
- Who is God calling you to serve right now?
- What are you thankful for?
- What truths about God are you struggling to believe and put into practice?
- What do you want from God today?
- How can I help you?
Why do you think we so easily rest on the obvious (more superficial) questions?